Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko has accused Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team
of faking the injuries he sustained from last week’s Italian Grand Prix crash with Max
Hamilton and Verstappen were involved in a serious accident that saw Red Bull’s car
flip up and land on the Brit’s head at the Variante del Rettifilo in Monza. As a result,
Hamilton was taken to hospital for precautionary checks.
Hamilton has since revealed he will be seeing a specialist before the Russian GP as
his neck is getting ‘tighter and tighter’ – although it didn’t prevent him from
attending New York’s glitzy Met Gala last night.
The accident took place on Sunday last week when the British driver left the pit-lane
on lap 26 of 52 and met Verstappen – who had dropped further back following a slow
11.1 second pit-stop.
The pair headed into Turn 1 side by side before Verstappen drove over the raised kerb
on Turn 2, causing his car to fly into the air and land on top of Hamilton.
Verstappen was subsequently given a three-place grid penalty and two penalty
points. He also received criticism for walking away from Hamilton without checking
he was ok.
However, Marko believes the narrative surrounding the crash and Verstappen is
unjust. He claims Hamilton’s team have ‘put on a show’ to point the finger at the
Speaking to the Osterreich newspaper, Marko said: ‘It was a normal racing accident.
All the stories around it were pulled up by the hair by Mercedes.
‘Verstappen had already got out when Hamilton tried to go back to get out of the
‘The medical car saw that and drove on. And then a show is put on that poor
Hamilton is suddenly injured.’
Despite exiting his car seemingly unharmed – Hamilton has since revealed we will see
a specialist over the next few weeks ‘just to make sure’ he’s fit to race at the Russian
Although some have questioned the motives behind the decision to see a specialist as
he was seemingly well enough to attend the Met Gala with Janet Guzman, a model
and influencer – who currently boasts 1.9million Instagram followers and manages an
Nevertheless, Hamilton said: ‘I will need to see a specialist to make sure I am good for
the next race because my neck is getting tighter and tighter.
‘I have been racing a long, long time, so I am so grateful I am still here. We are taking
risks and it is only when you experience something like this that you look at life and
see how fragile we all are.’
The reigning world champion also admitted he was thankful for the car’s Halo –
saying it saved ‘me and my neck.’